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Patents

Our patent attorneys assist our clients in obtaining patent protection, both in the U.S. and internationally, and in negotiating patent landscapes to further their business objectives. A variety of technology and industry experience — including backgrounds in engineering, computer science, chemistry and biotechnology — as well as U.S. Patent and Trademark Office experience, allows our attorneys to provide valuable insight to our clients in securing meaningful patent protection for their inventions and developing strategic patent portfolios as business assets.

We routinely:

  • Prepare, file and prosecute patent applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) while providing advice regarding the appropriate patent strategy and optimum filings for each client's business situation and requirements
  • Use Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings to optimize foreign patent filing opportunities and work with an established and trusted network of patent firms outside the United States to secure patent protection in individual foreign countries
  • Participate in post issuance and ex parte and inter partes matters, including reexaminations, patent term extension applications, reissues and interferences, and in opposition proceedings in foreign patent offices, including the European Patent Office, among others
  • Conduct patent novelty searches to evaluate the patentability of inventions, freedom to practice and patent infringement studies to help clients avoid infringement of third party patents, and validity studies of patents which may be of concern to our clients, including studies for use in Hatch-Waxman Paragraph IV certifications
  • Participate in all aspects of patent enforcement, including both licensing and litigation, representing patent holders, licensees and alleged infringers
  • Manage and maintain portfolios of U.S. and foreign patents, including payment of annuities and maintenance fees
  • Conduct patent ownership and transfer services, including patent assignments, due diligence in patent acquisitions and employee assignment agreements